Chennai : After the Union Minister pitched in for One Nation One Language at Hindi Diwas, all hell broke loose in Tamil Nadu.
DMK president M K Stalin condemned Amit Shah's words and said it is an attempt to impose Hindi. He voiced strong criticism against the NDA government led by Modi.
A high-level committee of the DMK even met on Monday to decide holding State-wide protests on 20 September. However, Amit Shah on Wednesday said he had never asked for imposition of Hindi anywhere in the country but advocated its use as the second language. The Minister said he has been repeatedly pitching for strengthening regional languages.
He said, "Never asked for imposing Hindi over other regional languages and had only requested for learning Hindi as the second language after one's mother tongue. I myself come from a non-Hindi state of Gujarat. If some people want to do politics, it is their choice".
Shortly afterwards, Stalin was asked to meet Tamil Nadu Governor and on the same day within minutes of his meeting, said, DMK is convinced by Amit Shah's statement and announced postponing protests.
Stalin said, "We consider his (Shah's) clarification as a big victory for the DMK following the party's announcement of protest demonstrations."
The biggest question doing the rounds in the political circle is what transpired at the meeting with Governor. Many wonder why Stalin changed his view immediately?
Though DMK claim victory, a section in Tamil Nadu said it was after Rajinikanth, who spoke his heart out about the issue, that Amit Shah reacted. DMK may claim success, but the reality is all because of Rajinikanth that Amit Shah changed his view, they say.